Wasilewska, Eugenia.


1st ed., 1970. 216 pp. Frontis-port. D.j. 22 x 14cm. V.G.+ This is the most extraordinary story of a Polish girl who fell into the hands of the Russians when her homeland was divided in 1939 between the Germans and the Soviets. In an engaging narrative Eugenia looks back and describes how, by a ruse, her brother and herself were taken from their home and transported in cattle-trucks for fifteen days across thousands of miles of the Soviet Union into Siberia and finally dumped in an isolated region of the Kirghiz steppes; of the rigours of slave labour through the Siberian summer and of starvation and cold in the Siberian winter; of her disastrous marriage to a fellow-exile; of her escape with another Polish girl and their fantastic wanderings through Russia by train and on foot; of their arrest and imprisonment; and finally, of their flight through the very battlefields where in the summer of 1941 the Russian and German armies struggled, until, exhausted beyond belief, she reached her home again.

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